STARGAZERS had their eyes and lenses pointed skywards over the weekend as meteors rained down.

The annual Perseid meteor shower put on a spectacular display on both Saturday and Sunday night as the earth flew through a cloud of cometary dust.

These two stunning shots were captured by one of the Lancashire Telegraph's freelance photographers Donna Clifford.

The Perseid meteors, shed by comet Swift-Tuttle, are a recurring August phenomenon and are among the brightest of all shooting stars.

The multi-coloured streaks are so called because the radiant (the point they appear to come from) is within the constellation Perseus – a Greek hero and slayer of monsters.

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